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Sharp pain in elbow and arm after an injury, swelling. What is wrong?

Something is around with my elbow . I ve broken it before and its normal when it pops every time I straighten it. But yesterday, I hit it on the corner of a window aove the elbow but below the back of the arm . Now, I can barely straighten it without an extremely sharp constant pain. It hurts to lift weight with it. It hurts to touch it. I can t tell if its swollen because when i broke it, it made the bone stick out and its bigger than my other one.
Asked On : Sat, 9 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

Based on the description of symptoms, you could have suffered a fracture or a soft tissue injury resulting in hematoma.

An xray of the injured area will diagnose a fracture and it has to be treated accordingly either with a cast or surgery.

If it's only a soft tissue injury, conservative management is followed in the form of -
* Rest to the injured part and adequate support or protection
* Ice packing once in 3 hours to reduce the pain
* elastic compression bandage over the swollen area
* Limb elevation
* analgesic medications as needed

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Wed, 7 Aug 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Praveen Tayal's  Response
Thanks for writing to us.
After an injury to the elbow, the sharp pain that you are having could be due to a bone injury or a nerve injury in the area. If there is any swelling present then do get an X_ray done to confirm.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you. You can consult me again directly through my profile URL
Dr. Praveen Tayal
Answered: Wed, 7 Aug 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Feb 2014
It might be soft tissue injury or fracture.
Without X-ray, it is difficult to differentiate a fracture from others. I suggest you to consult an orthopaedician nearby for a detailed examination. You may get the X-ray of the area affected under his/her guidance.
In the interim,apply ice packs to the affected area,anti-inflammatory drug like motrin to reduce pain and inflammation. Avoid lifting and rest well.
Wishing you good health...

Answered: Wed, 7 Aug 2013
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